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Eligibility Requirements

What we are looking for

We are looking for creative and dynamic individuals who can motivate and inspire young people. Successful applicants will be passionate about their chosen subject and will demonstrate this through an academic background, including degree level study, in the relevant subject.

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who possess the personal qualities of keeping control, creative, positive, knows the students, knows the subject, plans thoroughly, reflective and resilient.

We will expect you to have some basic ICT skills to build on but will not necessarily expect these to be directly linked to how ICT is used in teaching, that will be part of your work on the programme.

We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and, therefore, with a wide range of skills. This is a strength of the programme as it allows us to use your differences so that you can learn from one another. Some trainee teachers will be coming straight from a first degree, some will be making a fairly early career change, some will be returning to study and work after spending time bringing up children and some will be changing career later in life. All are very welcome and we believe our training programme is enriched by this variety.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

To be eligible for the course, you must have:

  • A Degree, 2:2 or above, with at least 50% content directly related to your subject specialism
  • GCSE Maths and English at C grade or equivalent (English qualification must be in English as a first language)
  • GCSE Science at C grade or equivalent for Primary courses only
  • Satisfactory Health and Safeguarding (DBS) checks

If you do not currently have these qualifications you may still apply to us but any offer of a place will be conditional upon securing the minimum standards before you commence the PGCE course.

Experience of being in a school is not essential for you to be considered for a PGCE place but it is advised as it can help you to understand the modern school environment and view it from the point of view of a teacher rather than as a pupil. Applicants also find it useful as they are able to reflect on observations as part of their interview discussion.

If you would like to gain school experience, we can accommodate you within the partnership at short notice. Please contact

If you would like to have an informal discussion about any aspect of the course then please contact

Standards and Requirements

Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.